The Heiress of Water: A Novel

The Heiress of Water: A Novel

by Sandra Rodriguez Barron
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The Heiress of Water: A Novel by Sandra Rodriguez Barron

When young Monica Winters Borrero loses her luminous mother in an accident at sea, she is exiled from the tropical paradise that was her home. Grieving and cut off from a life among El Salvador's elite, Monica and her American father move to Connecticut, vowing never to look back.

Years later, an intriguing stranger, who has endured a terrible loss of his own, enters Monica's life, bearing an unusual request. Monica is propelled back to her lost world, retracing the shadowy last days of her mother, a marine scientist who had been on the brink of understanding the therapeutic applications of a rare, venomous sea creature. Now, her research is being corrupted by a secret clinic that claims the power to restore consciousness to the comatose.

What Monica discovers will shatter the family's delicate truce with the past, and compel everyone involved to challenge their deepest notions of what it means to be alive. Atmospheric, thought-provoking, and timely. The Heiress of Water is a stunning parable of paradise lost and found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061142819
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 927,630
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Sandra Rodriguez Barron is the author of The Heiress of Water, winner of the International Latino Book Award for debut fiction. The recipient of a Bread Loaf Fellowship and a National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Grant, she was born in Puerto Rico, lived in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, and now lives with her family in Connecticut.

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Heiress of Water 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A rare find! A groundbreaking book with a potent mix of love, betrayal, science, mystery, history, and ethics. Right off the bat my senses were taken on a trip to original and profound imagery as told by new author Sandra Rodriguez Barron in her deliciously smooth literary voice. We witness Monica Winter¿s passage to self-discovery from El Salvador to Connecticut and back on what feels like a magical carpet where the impossible can and does happen ¿ flawlessly. Just when you¿re enjoying the ride, an abrupt entry into a world about which we all wonder leaves you breathlessly holding an armful of questions, and while you¿re still looking back into that mysterious place you are gently slipped back into Sandra¿s literary trance, happy to be back but eager to return for more answers. The memorable characters are sure to become a part of your literary family. Congratulations Sandra on your exemplary debut. I eagerly await your next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE HEIRESS OF WATER by Sandra Rodriguez Barron is at once a literary mystery, and the story of a legacy of El Salvadorian homeland, seashells and oceans, days of civil wars, love, family histories, and the necessity of being true to yourself. Monica was born and raised in El Salvador with her parents, and her maternal family until her teen age years. Then, after the death of her mother in strange circumstances, she and her father moved to her father's homeland in Connecticut. Years later, Monica still lives in Connecticut and is just reaching that age where she has a good career, good friends, love of her father, and the hope of love and marriage. When she meets a man whose wife is in a coma and needs help form Monica, she finds herself returning to El Salvador and the many mysteries of her family, and the medicinal properties of the sea creatures that her mother shared with Monica when she was a child. This novel is at once lyrical in its written word ,and informative of El Salvadorian life. The mysteries grow as Monica finds out that all things are not as they had seemed. This is a wonderful story that covers geography and ideas that are not common place in novels, while also dealing with the mysteries of love and family that are common to us all. Should be a hit with book groups who like mystery, relationships, and foreign places!!
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend! This book kept me interested all the way to the end AND the end is not the usual ending! I started this book then lost interest then went back to it a few days later and I am so happy I did, good story. Monica is a strong character and I could see her Mom's point of view, unless we too have lived through a War like the people of El Salvador then we cannot judge. Read this book.
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